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Getting Started

Adobe® Creative Suite 2 is a unified design environment that delivers the next level of integration in creative software. New features and tighter integration among suite components simplify creative and production tasks, enabling you to work more efficiently than ever before. Adobe Version Cue® CS2 includes enhancements in file versioning and review management, while other new features like Adobe Bridge, Adobe Stock Photos, color consistency, and unified Adobe PDF file creation offer greater productivity and collaboration.

The premium version of the Suite combines full new versions of Adobe Photoshop® CS2, Illustrator® CS2, InDesign® CS2, GoLive® CS2, and Acrobat® 7.0 Professional software with new Version Cue® CS2, Adobe Bridge, and Adobe Stock Photos.

The standard version of the Suite combines full new versions of Adobe Photoshop® CS2, Illustrator® CS2, and InDesign® CS2 with new Version Cue® CS2, Adobe Bridge, and Adobe Stock Photos.

About Classroom in a Book

Adobe Creative Suite 2 Classroom in a Book® is part of the official training series for Adobe graphics and publishing software, developed with the help of experts at Adobe Systems. This edition is intended to supplement, not replace, the individual Classroom in a Books for the five products included in the Premium Suite: Adobe Photoshop CS2 Classroom in a Book, Adobe InDesign CS2 Classroom in a Book, Adobe Illustrator CS2 Classroom in a Book, Adobe GoLive CS2 Classroom in a Book, and Acrobat 7.0 Professional Classroom in a Book. We recommend that you also visit www.studio.adobe.com for tips and tutorials on all of the Adobe Creative Suite 2 products and information on other training resources.

This book isn't a complete user's guide to the Creative Suite applications. It takes you step by step through a number of projects, from traditional print work to designing features for the Web. The lessons are designed to let you learn at your own pace. If you're new to Creative Suite, you'll learn the fundamental concepts and features you'll need to get up and running in the programs. If you are an experienced user, you'll learn how to take advantage of Creative Suite's integration capabilities to easily share work between applications. If you want more in-depth instruction on any of the products included in the Suite, you can purchase the corresponding Classroom in a Book or other Adobe Press books.

Although each lesson provides step-by-step instructions for creating a specific project, there is room for exploration and experimentation. You can follow the book from start to finish, or do only the lessons that match your interests and needs. Each lesson concludes with a review section summarizing what you've covered.


Before beginning to use Adobe Creative Suite 2 Classroom in a Book, you should have a working knowledge of your computer and its operating system. Make sure that you know how to use the mouse and standard menus and commands, and how to open, save, and close files. If you need to review these techniques, see your Microsoft® Windows or Apple® Mac® OS X documentation.

Installing Adobe Creative Suite 2

Before you begin using Adobe Creative Suite 2 Classroom in a Book, make sure that your system is set up correctly and that you've installed the required hardware and software. You must purchase the Adobe Creative Suite 2 software separately. For system requirements and complete instructions on installing the software, see the InstallReadMe file on the installer CD.

Make sure that your serial number is accessible before installing the software; you can find the serial number on the registration card or CD sleeve.

What's on the CD *

Here is an overview of the contents of the Classroom in a Book CD

Lesson files . . . and so much more

The Adobe Creative Suite 2 Classroom in a Book CD includes the lesson files that you'll need to complete the exercises in this book, as well as other content to help you learn more about the Adobe Creative Suite 2 applications and use them with greater efficiency and ease. The diagram below represents the contents of the CD, which should help you locate the files you need.

** The latest version of Apple QuickTime can be downloaded from www.apple.com/support/downloads/quicktime652.html.

Starting the applications of Adobe Creative Suite 2

You start the applications of Creative Suite just as you would most software applications.

For example, to start Adobe Photoshop CS2 in Windows

Choose Start > All Programs > Adobe Photoshop CS2.

In the Welcome Screen, click Close.

To start Adobe Photoshop CS2 in Mac OS

Open the Applications/Adobe Photoshop CS2 folder, and double-click the Adobe Photoshop CS2 icon.

In the Welcome Screen, click Close.

Copying the Classroom in a Book Files

The Adobe Creative Suite 2 Classroom in a Book CD includes folders containing all the electronic files for the lessons in the book. Each lesson has its own folder; you must copy the folders to your hard disk to complete the lessons. To save room on your disk, you can copy only the folder necessary for each lesson as you need it, and remove it when you're done.

To copy the Classroom in a Book lesson files, do the following

Insert the Adobe Creative Suite 2 Classroom in a Book CD into your CD-ROM drive.

Browse the contents and locate the Lessons folder.

Do one of the following:

  • To copy all the lesson files, drag the Lessons folder from the CD onto your hard disk.

  • To copy only individual lesson files, first create a new folder on your hard disk and name it Lessons. Then, drag the lesson folder or folders that you want to copy from the CD into the Lessons folder on your hard disk.

If you're copying the files in Windows 2000, you may need to unlock the lesson files before you can use them. If you use Windows 2000 and encounter locked files, proceed to Step 4.

This final step is not necessary for Windows XP or Mac OS users.

(Windows 2000 only) To unlock the files you copied:

  • Right-click the folder that contains the locked files, such as Lessons, and choose Properties from the contextual menu.

  • In the Attributes area of the File Properties dialog box, deselect (uncheck) the Read-only check box, and then click Apply.

  • In the Confirm Attributes Changes dialog box, select the option “Apply changes to this folder, subfolders, and files.”

  • Click OK to close the Confirm Attributes Changes dialog box, and click OK again to close the File Properties dialog box.


As you complete each lesson, you will overwrite the start files. If you want to restore the original files, recopy the corresponding Lesson folder from the Adobe Creative Suite CS2 Classroom in a Book CD to the Lessons folder on your hard drive.

Additional resources

Adobe Creative Suite 2 Classroom in a Book is not meant to replace documentation that comes with the program or to be a comprehensive reference for every product in Creative Suite 2. For comprehensive information about program features, refer to any of these resources:

  • Adobe Help Center, which is the complete version of the User Guides built into the Adobe Creative Suite 2 applications. You can access Adobe Help Center from the Help menu in the Creative Suite applications.

  • Printed User Guides for all the Creative Suite 2 products—Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, GoLive, and Acrobat—are available for purchase at www.adobe.com.

  • Adobe Studio (www.studio.adobe.com) offers a wealth of information, including tips and tutorials on all the Creative Suite 2 products and links to other offerings from Adobe training partners Adobe Press, Total Training, and Element K.

  • The Creative Suite 2 Video Workshop by Total Training, included in your product box. Captured on video, Total Training's instructors lead you step-by-step through key new features and workflows of the Suite.

  • Adobe Press offers a wide range of how-to books on all the Creative Suite products. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned pro, you'll find a book that's right for you.

Adobe Certification

The Adobe Training and Certification programs are designed to help Adobe customers and trainers improve and promote their product-proficiency skills. There are three levels of certification:

  • Adobe Certified Expert (ACE)

  • Adobe Certified Instructor (ACI)

  • Adobe Authorized Training Center (AATC)

The Adobe Certified Expert program is a way for expert users to upgrade their credentials. You can use Adobe certification as a catalyst for getting a raise, finding a job, or promoting your expertise. An exam is required for certification.

If you are an ACE-level instructor, the Adobe Certified Instructor program takes your skills to the next level and gives you access to a wide range of Adobe resources.

Adobe Authorized Training Centers offer instructor-led courses and training on Adobe products, employing only Adobe Certified Instructors. A director of AATCs is available at http://partners.adobe.com.

For information on the Adobe Certified programs, visit www.adobe.com/support/certification/main.html.

The Adobe Creative Suite 2

The Creative Suite 2 combines all of Adobe's flagship design programs into one complete design solution. The Creative Suite 2 Standard includes Photoshop CS2 with ImageReady CS2, Illustrator CS2, and InDesign CS2. The Creative Suite Premium adds GoLive CS2, and Acrobat 7.0 Professional. Both editions also include Adobe Version Cue, an innovative file-management feature, and Adobe Bridge, which serves as the central hub connecting all the applications of the suite.

These are powerful, versatile design tools that have become industry standards: Adobe Photoshop for editing images, Adobe Illustrator for designing graphics and logos, Adobe InDesign for page layout, Adobe GoLive for producing Web pages, and of course, Adobe Acrobat for generating the PDF files that everyone flings around the office to review.

The interaction between these applications has been further integrated and streamlined, adding time- and work-saving enhancements. The applications now share more common commands, tools and palettes, so it's easier to switch back and forth between them. You won't have to pause to remember if you're in Photoshop or Illustrator before you click that mouse.

Additionally, it is now much easier to share your files between applications—often the native file format of one application can be read directly into the next application. No more special exporting and converting when going from Illustrator to GoLive, or from Photoshop to InDesign, which is very helpful, especially if you are going through several review cycles. And to easily share you work with others, you can create Adobe PDF files directly from within the Creative Suite applications.

One of the worst headaches in design work has always been keeping track of all the different versions of your files. This becomes even more important if you work on a project as a team. Adobe Version Cue keeps track for you of who is currently editing which file, revisions can be annotated so everybody in the team can quickly see what changes have been made.

As you use the Creative Suite, you'll discover how each application has been enhanced with new capabilities and features. You will also find the many new templates invaluable for getting started on projects quickly and easily.

The Adobe Creative Suite was developed to make it even easier to work in a world where we hop from one application to another. It combines wonderful design tools into a complete solution for print and web publishing. Using this book as a guide, you'll find it's easier than ever to move files between environments, switch between applications, create design work and output to any medium.

The Adobe Creative Suite 2 applications

Image editing with Adobe Photoshop CS2

Photoshop is the image-editing standard in the field. That's another way of saying it's the application of choice for turning so-so pictures into great ones, using its wide range of tools for airbrushing, line drawing, and adjusting every imaginable parameter of an image. The application is used for a lot more than just editing, though. Designers use Photoshop's sophisticated set of tools to experiment and explore freely, creating all kinds of effects. An integrated Web production application, ImageReady CS2, is included, so you can produce high-quality images for the Web, as well as print and just about any other medium.

Drawing and illustrating with Adobe Illustrator CS2

Illustrator was developed for line art, but designers use it for just about everything. It's wonderfully convenient for creating quick page layouts as well as logos and graphics—just about any single-page document that's not too type-heavy.

Whether you're outputting to print, the Web, or emerging media such as PDA devices, Illustrator is the indispensable tool in your kit.

Page layout with Adobe InDesign CS2

For artwork there's Illustrator. But for brochures, books, anything that uses lots of text, InDesign is where it all comes together. Once your elements are completed in other programs, you can quickly design, layout and print your pages with InDesign. It's surprisingly easy, given the application's power and versatility, because you're using the same intuitive user interface you've come to know in Photoshop and Illustrator.

Not only is InDesign CS2 tightly integrated with the other applications in the Creative Suite, it also has no problems importing styled text documents from Word, converting Excel spreadsheets directly into tables, or importing your previously created page layouts from PageMaker or Quark. Not to mention the range of supported output file formats, like XML, tagged PDF, SVG. And would you mind getting all this with multiple undo and redo?

Web design with Adobe GoLive CS2

Since so much material produced for print also goes out on the Web, it makes great sense to have a Web design program that's integrated with your other publishing tools. With GoLive you can create, manage and deploy powerful Web sites without starting from scratch. Just import the assets you need from Photoshop, Acrobat, and Illustrator. If you use those programs, you'll find Web development in GoLive CS2, with the familiar Adobe user interface, easy and intuitive. GoLive is also well-integrated with InDesign, making true cross-media publishing a reality.

You design your pages using visual layout tools or in source code, as you prefer, going back and forth whenever you want, and previewing your work with the built-in browser. GoLive CS2 gives you design diagrams, tables, and CSS templates to speed up page creation, as well as built-in information architecture tools for designing site maps and other diagrams.

Client review and print output with Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional and Adobe Reader

Adobe Reader is everywhere, and that's what makes PDF such a vital technology. Whenever you want others to see on their screens exactly what you see on yours, a PDF file is the solution. All over the world it's the standard for distributing and reviewing material created from many different sources. Send out a PDF and you can be sure that anyone can view the file, regardless of platform or application.

In the design field, Acrobat 7.0 Professional makes the reviewing process work smoothly. Designers and non-designers will find it easy to start, participate in, and track document reviews, thanks to an easy-to-use How-To window. With the Review Tracker you can keep track of everyone you sent a document to, and what their feedback was.

Everyone can dress up their comments with custom stamps, dynamic date-time stamps, and other drawing tools.

File sharing and versioning with Adobe Version Cue CS2

The bigger the project, and the more people in the review chain, the more likely you'll find that a lot of different versions of your file are floating around. That can get scary, which is why you'll want to check out Adobe Version Cue. It's designed to easily keep track of the many file versions your project may spawn.

Adobe Version Cue keeps the most up-to-date file at your fingertips at all times. But just as easily you can go back to earlier versions of the file if needed. You can scan visually through thumbnails for the file you need, no matter which Adobe Creative Suite application you're in. You can also quickly do a search for keywords, comments, file name, author, date, and more.

You can rest assured that everyone is working on the correct versions of files, and that files won't be accidentally overwritten, sparing you massive amounts of work, energy and frustration.

Organizing assets with Adobe Bridge

Adobe Bridge software is the new navigational control center built for Adobe Creative Suite 2 software and its components. (Adobe Bridge is also available separately in Adobe Photoshop CS2, Illustrator CS2, InDesign CS2, and GoLive CS2 software.) Based on the File Browser introduced in Photoshop 7.0, Adobe Bridge goes a step further by providing centralized access to your suite project files, applications, and settings. With file organization and sharing, plus Adobe Stock Photos, at your fingertips all the time, Adobe Bridge is where you keep your ideas moving.

What's New

Adobe Creative Suite 2 is a unified design environment that delivers the next level of integration in creative software. New features and tighter integration among suite components simplify creative and production tasks, enabling you to work more efficiently than ever before. Adobe Version Cue CS2 includes enhancements in file versioning and review management, while other new features like Adobe Bridge, Adobe Stock Photos, color consistency, and unified Adobe PDF file creation offer greater productivity and collaboration.

Adobe Photoshop CS2

Revolutionary Vanishing Point

Achieve amazing results in a fraction of the time with the groundbreaking Vanishing Point, which lets you clone, brush, and paste elements that automatically match the perspective of any image area.

Multiple layer control

Select and move, group, transform, and warp objects more intuitively by clicking and dragging directly on the canvas. Easily align objects with Smart Guides.

Smart Objects

Perform nondestructive scaling, rotating, and warping of raster and vector graphics with Smart Objects. Even preserve the editability of high-resolution vector data from Adobe Illustrator software.

Multi-image digital camera raw file processing

Accelerate your raw file workflow with simultaneous processing of multiple images while you continue working. Import images into your choice of formats, including Digital Negative (DNG); enjoy automatic adjustments to exposure, shadows, and brightness and contrast; and much more.

Image Warp

Easily create packaging mock-ups or other dimensional effects by wrapping an image around any shape or stretching, curling, and bending an image using Image Warp.

Adobe Illustrator CS2

Live Trace

Quickly and accurately convert photos, scans, or other bitmap images to editable and scalable vector paths with the Live Trace feature.

Live Paint

Apply color to any region or edge and use overlapping paths to create new shapes with the Live Paint tool, which intuitively colors artwork and automatically detects and corrects gaps.

Control palette

Discover new features and find existing features faster in the context-sensitive Control palette. Accessing selection-based tools from a single location eliminates the need for multiple palettes.

Custom workspaces

Work more efficiently and optimize your screen area using custom workspaces that display only the palettes you need for a specific task. Save, share, or access any workspace at any time or use workspace templates.

Photoshop layer comp support

Control the visibility of layer comps in linked, embedded, or opened Photoshop files from within Illustrator.

Adobe InDesign CS2

Object styles

Apply and globally update object-level formatting more efficiently using object styles. Save a wide range of graphic, text, and frame-level attributes as object styles to create more consistent designs and speed up production tasks.

Adobe Photoshop and Adobe PDF layer support

Selectively display layers and layer comps in Photoshop files, and layers in Adobe PDF files, to experiment with different design options or use multiple variations of a file in your layout—all while linking to a single file.

InDesign snippets

Easily export InDesign objects as snippets, which can be shared with colleagues or reused in other documents. When you place or drag a snippet into a layout, InDesign re-creates the original objects, their formatting, and their relative positioning on the page.

Adobe InCopy CS2 assignments

Assign only the elements of a document that an editor using Adobe InCopy® CS2 software needs to work on while you're designing the rest — whether that's specific frames on a page, frames on one or more spreads, or all the frames in a document.

Save backwards to InDesign CS

Export your InDesign CS2 document to the InDesign Interchange (INX) format and open it in InDesign CS for sharing with people still working in the previous version.

Adobe GoLive CS2

Enhanced live rendering

Preview changes to Web and mobile content in a real-time, integrated engine built on the Opera® browser that supports Small-Screen Rendering (SSR).

Simple visual tools to build and edit CSS-based pages

Build Web pages that conform to open standards using innovative new visual CSS workflows based on the CSS Editor and CSS prebuilt block objects.

Visual CSS authoring for mobile devices

Easily author and validate standards-compliant CSS content for mobile devices using simple visual tools.

Visual SVG-t inspection and authoring for mobile

View SVG-t content in split-view interfaces, enabling art tree, source, and XML outline views and access to an animation scrubbing timeline for rapid development.

Total site management

Track and manage everything in your site, from assets to links, uploading content using Secure FTP and WebDAV via SSH or SSL. Easily synchronize local and remote files.

Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional

Inclusive electronic reviews

Use Acrobat 7.0 Professional to enable anyone with free Adobe Reader® 7.0 software to add comments to Adobe PDF files during design reviews.

Improved preflighting of Adobe PDF files

Check for problems in Adobe PDF files using the improved preflighting tool—which now supports droplets for automation—and share preflight reports as comments.

Powerful print production tools

Correct common problems in Adobe PDF files—such as converting colors, previewing separations, remapping spot colors, flattening transparency, and fixing hairline rules—without having to re-create the file.

Ink coverage, rich black detection, and overprint warnings

Minimize prepress errors with new warnings for total ink coverage, rich black detection, and overprints.

Support for the latest standards

Create Adobe PDF files that are compliant with the PDF/X-1a:2003 and PDF/X-3:2003 print production standards, used for prepress document exchanges, and that include JDF product definitions with details about the jobs you're submitting for print production.

Adobe Version Cue CS2

Productivity made simple

Find files fast, track versions across applications, link files together, and share them in creative collaboration without fear of overwriting someone else's work.

Shared project information

Actively track the status of project files and enable this information to be easily shared across workgroups.

Simplified sharing for small workgroups

Easily share files with others within the Version Cue Workspace, and keep your files safe without fear of them being overwritten. View the status of each file to know who is working on what file.

Automatic file naming

Say good-bye to awkward filenames such as brochure_final_final3.indd. Instead, you can name a file to suit your preferences and let Version Cue handle the version tracking without the need for a naming convention.

File version notification

Receive helpful reminders while updating versions or placing photos and illustrations in layouts.

Adobe Bridge

Organized assets

Quickly organize, browse, locate, and preview the assets you need every day—Photoshop images, Illustrator graphics, InDesign layouts, Adobe PDF files, GoLive Web pages, and a variety of standard graphics files—with visual previews and scalable thumbnails as you work.

Project and file sharing

Work collaboratively and access multiple versions as well as alternate renditions of your files through Version Cue CS2 in Adobe Bridge. Actively track the status of project files and enable this information to be easily shared across workgroups.

Accessibility anywhere

Jump to Adobe Bridge from within Photoshop CS2, Illustrator CS2, InDesign CS2, or GoLive CS2, work in it as a standalone application, or have it float onscreen as a palette.

Powerful file searching

Search for files on a hard drive or across a network using extensive metadata information, including attributes such as all files that use a certain PANTONE® color or set of fonts.

Convenient access to stock photos

Browse and search royalty-free images from multiple stock photo agencies using Adobe Stock Photos in one convenient, familiar location. Purchase images from several agencies in a single shopping cart, and manage your imagery without ever leaving Adobe Creative Suite 2.

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